For readers who are interested in blood, magic, and romance, "The Witchery" by S. Isabelle has it all.
What was your inspiration behind "The Witchery?"
I’ve always loved paranormal stories, and "The Witchery" is an ode to so many of my favorite tropes. I wanted to write something that was magical and dark, but also full of friendship in an inclusive witchy world.
What does "Reading with Pride" mean to you?
Reading narratives in which queer characters are allowed to be rounded, full-fleshed people with strengths and flaws, rather than static caricatures. Also, seeking a variety of narratives rather than labeling one type of story as the “universal experience.”
Why do you feel representation of a variety of people is so important when it comes to writing books and characters?
I view novels as extensions of our lives. I write for teens, and they all deserve to see themselves across genres. Thinking back to my teenage years, a lot of the books I read were not inclusive, and I think often about what it would’ve been like to grow up seeing myself in literature. While there’s no one-size-fits-all story, I do hope that teen readers can see some parts of themselves in the cast of "The Witchery."
Which character did you relate to the most and why?
"The Witchery" features an ensemble cast of six POV characters, and I think I can relate to all of them in some way. But I most relate to Thalia, the quiet and introspective greenwitch in the group. She keeps to herself as I do, but she’s also harboring a dark secret and is ruthless about protecting it — I think that’s where our similarities end, I’m definitely not as cutthroat as she is!
What can fans expect from your book?
Magic, messiness, blood, some laughs, and a bit of romance. This book is for readers who like big plots, but appreciate introspection and character-forward narratives. I’m so excited for readers to meet the coven!
What's up next for you in the bookish world?
I can’t talk too much about my next project just yet, but I’m not quite done with this witchy world, and can’t wait to get more paranormal YA out into the world.